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Houston's Ellington Airport is Site for Nation's 10th Commercial Spaceport
Houston will host to the tenth commercial spaceport in the United States, following approval announced June 30 from the Federal Aviation Administration.

Courtesy of Houston Airport System

2015 Trends to Watch in Texas and Louisiana
Labor will continue to be on the minds of contractors, as will strategies to speed project delivery and potential impacts of plunging oil prices.

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09/30/15 Construction Continues at Baton Rouge Water Campus

Contractors will soon break ground on another building at The Water Campus in Baton Rouge, La. The 35-acre property along the Mississippi River is being developed to house 1.8 million sq ft of labs, research, facilities and commercial space for coastal science and engineering.
09/16/15 Construction Soon to Begin on Louisiana's Offshore Megaport

The Louisiana International Deep Water Gulf Transportation Terminal will soon start construction on its offshore port concept. The structure is projected to span 2,250 acres over open water and cost $10 billion.
09/10/15 Port Fourchon Announces $46 Million Project to Elevate Roadway

The LA 1 Coalition announced construction will commence in the summer of 2016 on an elevated roadway leading to Port Fourchon, La.
09/02/15 Louisiana Obtains Another $52 Million to Fund Coastal Restoration Projects

Louisiana is set to receive another $52 million to fund ongoing coastal restoration and construction work, with funds being allocated from Clean Water Act fines paid by Transocean due to liability in the 2010 BP Gulf Oil disaster.
08/26/15 New Orleans Loses Most Construction Jobs in Past Year of All Nation's Metro Areas

According to recent data from the Associated General Contractors of America, the New Orleans-Metairie metro area lost 2,700 construction jobs in the past year, more than any other city nationwide.
08/11/15 Domain Cos. Adds 15-Story Building to South Market District Plan

Domain Cos. will construct another 15-story building in a fourth phase of development at its South Market District project in downtown New Orleans.
08/05/15 Work Resumes on $24 Million Cobalt Medical Center

Construction has started on a $24 million rehabilitation center in the Mid-City neighborhood of New Orleans, after a year-long delay.
08/04/15 Louisiana DOTD Managing $60 Million in Interstate Improvement Projects Near Slidell

The Louisiana Dept. of Transportation and Development is working on two major interstate projects near Slidell, La.
07/16/15 New Orleans' $145 Million Prison Project Halted

New Orleans' Mayor Mitch Landrieu's administration has ordered construction to be halted at the city's new $145 million prison, saying the client, Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman, is in violation of city codes.
07/16/15 Stantec Acquires VI Engineering

Stantec has acquired VI Engineering, a Houston-based electrical engineering firm.
03/18/15 South's Construction Backlogs Surpassed 9% in 2014's Final Quarter

Regional backlogs rebound to highest levels since first quarter.
03/10/15 Ground Breaks on New Orleans Low-income Housing Complex

Original facility damaged by Hurricane Katrina
03/09/15 McCarthy to Tackle $450 Million Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Campus Expansion Project

Houston’s Museum of Fine Arts (MFAH) is planning a major redevelopment of its 14-acre campus, a $450 million effort that will include a new exhibition building, an art school, parking garage, rooftop garden, tunnel connectors, a central plant and extensive site development.
03/04/15 Construction Starts at 58-acre Ambassador Town Center in Lafayette

Contractors recently broke ground on a $115 million retail project at Ambassador Town Center in Lafayette, La.
02/03/15 New Orleans' RTA Breaks Ground On $41.5 Million Streetcar Line

The New Orleans Regional Transit Authority broke ground in late January on a $41.5 million addition to the city's streetcar system.
02/03/15 Groundbreaking Held on $96.3 Million SH 71 Express Project

Project teams have broken ground on the State Highway (SH) 71 Express Lanes project in Austin. Officials with McCarthy Building Cos., the Texas Dept. of Transportation (TxDOT) and the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority (CTRMA) marked the start of construction on January 28.
01/28/15 $20 Million Mixed-Use Project Starts In Baton Rouge

Milton J. Womack recently started construction on a $20 million mixed-used building conversion project in downtown Baton Rouge.
01/20/15 Corps Starts $200M Levee Armoring Project In New Orleans

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is preparing to start a $200 million project to reinforce more than 80 miles of earthen levees in the New Orleans area.
01/06/15 New Orleans' Sewerage and Water Board to Start $350M of Construction in 2015

The New Orleans Sewerage and Water Board will start $350 million worth of construction and improvements to the city's sewer system in 2015, including repairs and upgrades to drainage canals, pumping stations, pipes and outdated power supply stations.
11/26/14 $250 Million South Market District in New Orleans Enters Second Phase of Construction

Contractors are preparing to break ground on the second phase of the South Market District in New Orleans. When completed, it will be the largest mixed-use development in the city with 700 apartments, a boutique hotel and 200,000 sq ft of retail space including shops and restaurants.
11/12/14 Texas Voters Approve $5.589 Billion in Bonds

Voters turned out to Texas polls November 4 to weigh in on nearly 100 bond packages across the state, approving 84 bonds on the ballot totaling a combined $5.589 billion.
11/10/14 Corps of Engineers’ $86.2 Million Drainage Project In New Orleans

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is constructing an $86.2 million drainage project in New Orleans that will provide improved storm water drainage for the Uptown area.
10/15/14 Construction on New Orleans VA Hospital Reaches Halfway Mark

Construction of the new Veterans Administration hospital in New Orleans is roughly halfway complete. The $1 billion medical complex is currently one of the biggest construction projects in the city and part of the new 2.4-square-mile biomedical corridor.
09/16/14 $13.3 Million Rail Yard Project To Start At Port Of New Orleans

Hard Rock Construction of Metairie, La., is preparing to break ground on a $13.3 million intermodal terminal at the Port of New Orleans.
09/02/14 Groundbreaking on Cobalt Medical Center's $22 Million Rehabilitation Hospital

Cobalt Medical Center recently broke ground on a $22 million rehabilitation hospital in New Orleans. Construction of the 64,000-sq-ft facility is expected to take twelve months with an opening scheduled in summer 2015.
08/06/14 Work on $93 Million Veterinary & Biomedical Education Project Underway at Texas A&M

Texas A&M University is planning a new Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences Education Complex on its main campus in College Station. Skanska has joined the team as general contractor to build the $93 million facility.
07/22/14 New Project Breaks Ground at Cityline Development

KDC broke ground on a new 489,000-sq-ft office complex for Raytheon on July 21 at the Cityline development in Richardson, Texas. This is the latest project to start at the 186-acre mixed-use development.
07/22/14 Chinese Firm to Build $1.85 Billion Methanol Plant in Louisiana

China-based Yuhuang Chemical Inc. announced a $1.85 billion capital investment in a world-scale methanol manufacturing plant in Vacherie, La. – one of the largest construction projects in Louisiana in the next five years.
07/10/14 KDC to Develop Toyota’s North American HQ in Dallas

Dallas-based KDC Real Estate Development & Investments (KDC) will develop Toyota’s new North American headquarters campus, located in the Legacy West development in Plano, Texas, the companies announced today.
07/09/14 Work on ExxonMobil’s New Baytown Ethylene Plant Begins

ExxonMobil’s plans to build a new ethylene plant in Baytown, Texas, are now underway. The firm recently awarded Bechtel and Linde a contract to design and build the facility, located at the ExxonMobil Baytown Complex.
06/13/14 Benteler Steel to Construct $975-Million Plant at Port of Caddo-Bossier

Austrian-headquartered Benteler Steel is in the process of constructing a $975 million steel plant in Caddo Parish, La.
06/13/14 Milton J. Womack Breaks Ground On $49-Million High School In Baton Rouge

General contractor Milton J. Womack Inc., recently broke ground on a $49 million project to rebuild Lee High School in Baton Rouge, La.
06/13/14 $8.12-Million Settlement Reached in Texas Lawsuit

A lawsuit filed two years ago by Zapata County Independent School District against Houston-based Satterfield & Pontikes Construction and several subcontractors has ended with an $8.12-million settlement paid to the district.
05/22/14 Potential $1.2 Billion Investment Coming to St. Charles

AM Agrigen Industries is exploring the potential of developing a $1.2 billion plant to manufacture granulated urea, a widely used fertilizer, in St. Charles Parish, Louisiana.
05/22/14 Pod Pack International to Expand Baton Rouge Facility

Pod Pack International has announced a $10.1 million, 75,000-sq-ft expansion at the company’s manufacturing facility in Baton Rouge.
04/28/14 Cool Planet Energy Systems Breaks Ground On Biorefinery in Alexandria

Biofuel company Cool Planet Energy Systems recently held a symbolic groundbreaking on a biorefinery in Alexandria, La., the first of three biorefineries the firm will build with a $168 million capital investment in the state.
04/18/14 McInnis Breaks Ground On $55 Million Expansion At CHRISTUS Highland Medical Center

McInnis Brothers Construction has started work on Phase 3 of a $55 million hospital expansion at CHRISTUS Highland Medical Center in Shreveport, La. The project broke ground in mid-March with a fast-track construction process and is expected to be completed in late-2015.
04/18/14 $1 Billion In Coastal Restoration Work Projected In Louisiana By 2015

Louisiana is expected to see more than $1 billion of coastal restoration work in the next two years with $489 million of projects under construction and another $600 million of projects scheduled to start by 2015.
03/25/14 Ship and Oil Barge Collide in Houston Ship Channel, Spilling 168,000 Gal of Oil Into Texas Waters

A collision near the Houston Ship Channel on March 22 involving a 585-ft bulk carrier and a barge containing 924,000 gal of bunker fuel sent oil straight into Galveston Bay, the gateway to one of the busiest ports in the U.S.
03/17/14 Work On North Tarrant Express To Finish Six Months Early

The $2.5 billion North Tarrant Express (NTE) will be completed six months ahead of schedule, according to project developer NTE Mobility Partners (NTEMP).
03/06/14 Audubon Nature Institute Starts $8.5 Million Reconstruction Of New Orleans Nature Center

Eight years after being flooded and damaged by Hurricane Katrina, the Audubon Nature Institute is embarking on an $8.5 million project to reconstruct facilities at the Nature Center.
03/06/14 New Orleans Storm Risk Reduction System Receives FEMA Accreditation

The Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) has accredited the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ greater New Orleans Hurricane and Storm Damage Risk Reduction System (HSDRRS).
02/28/14 Corps of Engineers Brings $100 Million Drainage Project To New Orleans

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is constructing a new $100 million drainage system in the suburbs of New Orleans.
02/28/14 Weeks Marine Leading $70 Million Land Building Project In Port Fourchon

Dredging and construction company Weeks Marine is in the process of restoring a portion of Louisiana's eroding coastline in a $70 million land-building project.
02/17/14 Five Trends to Watch in 2014

Plenty of projects are in the works, across Texas and Louisiana, and with that continued strength, 2014 stands to be another good year. But many factors will determine what happens in the next 10 months
12/16/13 Projects Abound Across Texas, Louisiana in 2014

Work in Texas will continue to be strong, while significant gains in Louisiana are forthcoming in 2014
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